“…You have to bear to be measure”

Keywords: untranslatability, Dictionary of Untranslatables, Gorgias, Heidegger

Abstract

First, I love Greek language, a language which allow me to perceive what a language is, and what translation could mean. Then, I think it is because of Heidegger. At the time, we used to study classical antiquity and the pre-socratics through Heidegger and Nietzsche’s work. My own philosophical question was : « Is it possible to be Presocratic in some other way than the Heideggerian one? » The answer determinated my interest and passion for the sophists. I found it extraordinary when I realized that Gorgias and his treatise « On Nature or the Non-Existent » presented a new way of thinking about Parmenides. If you are a Heideggerian, Parmenides is the origin of philosophy, the origin of thought. But very quickly, only fifty years after Parmenides, Gorgias came and said: « Look, what Parmenides says about Being, he could say about Non-being, and I myself can say it about Non-being. So, is Being an origin, an  “Es gibt”, "There Is", just needing to be unconcealed? Or is it simply a product of Parmenides’ poem : Being is an effect of saying, and I can show it ». And he did show it, quite critically. This was my first insight.

Author Biographies

Barbara Cassin, member of the French Academy

philosopher and philologist, CNRS gold medalist 

Vsevolod Khoma, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine)

undergraduate student, Faculty of Philosophy

Amina Kkhelufi, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine)

PhD  student,  Faculty  of  Philosophy

Daria-Aseniia Kolomiiets, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine)

undergraduate  student,  Faculty  of  Philosophy

Olha Simoroz, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine)

undergraduate student, Faculty of Philosophy

Published
2019-12-12
How to Cite
Cassin, B., Khoma, V., Kkhelufi, A., Kolomiiets, D.-A., & Simoroz, O. (2019). “…You have to bear to be measure”. Sententiae, 38(2), 151-164. https://doi.org/10.22240/sent38.02.151
Section
ACADEMIC LIFE

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